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Mexican Silver

Jewelry and Metalwork from Taxco, Mexico

Silversmithing has been practiced for centuries in Mexico. Historically speaking, the Navajo of the Southwestern United States learned their trade from Mexicans. Interestingly enough, an American named William Spratling took the craft to entirely new level. He did this in 1931, when he established a retail outlet for Mexican jewelry near the silver-mining center of Taxco.

Spratling and his contemporaries borrowed liberally from pre-Columbian imagery for their designs. They found some designs on Mexico’s pyramids and lifted others from the 14th-century symbols that fill the Codex Zouche-Nuttal. Essentially, this made it "open-source material." It shouldn’t be too surprising that these shops succeeded and borrowed liberally from one-another.

Some competitors were actively encouraged. The Taxco School, as it is known today, was formed largely from former Spratling employees such as the Castillo brothers, Héctor Aguilar, Antonio Pineda, and Valentin Viadurreta, who brought a Mexican eye to Art Deco. Naturally, these artisans and their shops became incubators for still more generations of silversmiths.


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Total items in collection: 408. Total items on page 33

Image Item Secondary Material Maker Type Primary Material Catalog ID ID
Silver Amethyst Bracelet Amethyst Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10001 25801
Eagle Bracelet Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10002 26905
Beaded Lace Brooch Amethyst Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10003 26430
Eagle Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10004 26342
Cloud Link Bracelet Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10005 26917
Cloud Link Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10006 26918
Green Flower Head Bracelet Green Stones Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10007 26919
Silver Vase Brooch Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10008 26920
Amethyst Flower Brooch Amethyst Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10009 26921
Silver Lace Framing Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10010 26922
Warrior Head Brooch Turquoise Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10011 26923
Circle Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10012 26924
Turquoise Dangle Brooch Turquoise Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10013 26925
Infinity Link Bracelet Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10014 26926
Twisted Baton Cuff Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10015 26927
Silver and Teardrops Bracelet Glass Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10016 27910
Silver Disc Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10017 27927
Burro Bracelet Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10018 80237
Abalone Brooch Abalone Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10019 80238
Seahorse Brooch Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10020 80239
Jade Pendant Jade Jose Anton Necklace Sterling Silver 10021 80240
Black Flower Ring Glass Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10022 80241
Square Amethyst Brooch Amethyst Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10023 80242
Green Onyx Cabochon Bracelet Onyx Jose Anton Brooch Sterling Silver 10024 80243
Dangle Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10025 80244
Leaf and Bead Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10026 80245
Phoenix Bracelet Turquoise Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10027 80246
Bubble Bracelet Glass Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10028 80247
Abalone Pendant Abalone Jose Anton Necklace Sterling Silver 10029 80248
Mask Pendant Abalone Jose Anton Necklace Sterling Silver 10031 80249
Cactus Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10032 80250
Shield Earrings Jose Anton Earrings Sterling Silver 10033 80251
Mask Bracelet Turquoise Jose Anton Bracelet Sterling Silver 10034 80252